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The Help America Vote Act

Marie Leary, Robert Timothy Reagan
December 4, 2012

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was Congress's reaction to issues that arose during the 2000 presidential election. It includes standards for provisional ballots and sets minimum standards for voting equipment used in federal elections. This guide summarizes how HAVA has been applied in federal and state courts and includes the act's text as an appendix.

Note: In September 2014, HAVA provisions were moved from sections 15301 through 15545 of title 42 of the U.S. Code to sections 20901 through 21145 of a new title 52.